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Californian ‘Adventurers’ Club’ Votes to Keep Women Out

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A private club for the adventurous and outdoors-inclined will continue excluding women from membership after putting the issue to a vote.

The male-only Adventurers’ Club Of Los Angeles voted Thursday on whether to change its bylaws and admit women for the first time in the organization’s 93-year history, CBS News reports. The two-thirds vote required for the change was not met, however.

“It was massive resistance,” said former president of the club Marc Weitz. “I mean, people stood up. I gave my pitch as to why it should go through and people stood up and argued against me quite vehemently.”

Those in favor of changing the rules had suggested Andrea Donnellan of the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a possible candidate for membership.

“She’s spent time researching in Antarctica,” Weitz said. “She was almost made the astronaut program for NASA. An amazing, amazing person.”

But don’t feel too bad for Donnellan, as according to the group’s website, “Periodically, women are permitted to attend Club events, called Ladies Nights.”


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